|Flour||3 1⁄4 Cup (52 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Baking soda||3⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Ground cloves||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Vegetable shortening||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Molasses||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and spices.
In large mixer bowl, cream together vegetable shortening and sugar; add molasses and egg and beat well.
Gradually add dry ingredients; stir to form a stiff dough.
Chill 1 hour.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick.
Cut in gingerbread boy shapes.
Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. (To make cookies stand up, arrange bamboo skewers on baking sheet; place cookie on each, so skewer is 1/3 the way up back of cookie.)
Decorate with red cinnamon candies for faces and buttons.
Bake at 375° for 5 to 6 minutes.
Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack.
Trim with Confectioners Sugar Glaze.